Giving birth versus having an abortion A 2006 study reviewed the life history of scores of women who became pregnant as teenagers. Half of them gave birth and the other half had abortions. The study concluded that “childbirth was associated with a lower likelihood of receiving psychological counseling services , less frequent sleep problems, and a lower probability of smoking marijuana when compared to abortion.” - Journal of Youth and Adolescence Another report provided “the results of the four largest record based studies in the world.”The studies revealed that Women with a known history of abortion experience higher rates of mental problems of various forms when compared to Women without a known abortion history.” - Report of the South Dakota Task Force to Study Abortion (2005)
What is Abortion? purposeful interruption of the process of development at whichever particular time after conception to birth. In medical terms it can be referred to as termination of a pregnancy before the normal development of a fetus that is ending the gestation after the zygote attaches itself on the uterine wall and before the fetus is able to survive on its own. According to a 2007 Global Study reported in 2003 there were an estimated 42 million induced abortions came from every nationality and race, from a variety of religious backgrounds, and from every level of income, education and age between puberty and menopause.
Abortion can be carried out in different ways Two types of abortion medical abortion manual vacuum aspiration suction curettage abortion dilation evacuation Source (Robinson, 1997). Miscarriage - accidental which occurs without a medical intervention. Therapeutic - which is carried out by a physician.
Criticalanalysis Strengths and weaknesses Pros and Cons Advantages and Disadvantages Point of view
Strengths In some countries around the world, Abortion is a means of birth control and it is therefore a legal procedure. Though women have been endowed with the gift of bearing a life form, an abortion gives them the option whether they want to avail the present or not. Women seek abortions for a variety of reasons, ranging from financial problems, to a failed perhaps abusive relationship that results in their not wanting any further ties with the man. Or the pregnancy may not simply fit into the plans of the woman or the couple. At times abortion is chosen to protect a reputation. Regardless of the situation, usually the decision to terminate a pregnancy deliberately is not an easy one. In some cases where women are raped, getting pregnant with such a child is yet another brutality they would be forced to bear. Thus, the option of abortion is the best for them.
weaknesses The life of the victim is filled with guilt and self pity. This affects the social growth of that person and at times hates the sound of a crying or a laughing baby. Abortion defiles the important purpose of women, which is being a mother. In this practice women consider more so their own desires and forget those of others. For many women, the guilt and shame is expressed through a deep anger--at the doctors and abortion counselors for hurting her and her baby, at her husband, boyfriend, or parents for pressuring her into an abortion, and at herself for getting pregnant and having the abortion.
Pros Abortion helps to safeguard women's health. There are many women, who suffer from various hazardous medical conditions and if these diseases had threaten the life of the Woman, an abortion often helps to avoid serious medical complications from childbirth. But abortion should be carried out after proper medical advice as it can lead to potential miscarriages in the future. In male chauvinistic societies, women are considered nothing more than child bearing machines. Therefore, a right to abortion gives her an individual identity, as per which she can decide the fate of her child.
At times, abortion also helps in keeping a check on the size of the family. It can serve as a potent tool to undo mistakes, thereby preventing mothers to be forced for raising a child at a young age. The convenience of abortion provides the parents with an option of having a wanted child. In its absence, any unwanted pregnancy would lead to the birth of many children, who weren't wanted. This could immensely hamper the social strata of the society, having negative implications especially on child's psyche.
Cons An abortion can be considered a brutality as it does not give the child in the womb, a chance at life. In effect, it is highly condemned by a lot of religions as well. Abortion is often used as a type of birth control by many women. This in a way promotes infidelity, wherein women can easily have many sexual relationships, which would eventually end up in abortions. An abortion always lessens the chances of having children later in life.
Abortion also promotes an irresponsible behavior amongst people, as they do not want to take responsibility of their own actions. It gives them the freedom of committing careless activities and then getting rid of them easily. Abortion can lead to many medical complications such as infection, sepsis, recurrent miscarriages, etc.
Advantages Young women frequently cite concerns about the impact of unplanned pregnancy on their educational and financial future as reasons for seeking abortion. (“Abortion Among Young Women and Subsequent Life Outcomes,” by David M. Fergusson et al., published in the March 2007 issue of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health”. ) The study finds that abortion allowed women to pursue their educational goals. However, similar advantages did not extend to income, welfare dependence or partnership outcomes. Often, parents abort children with defects because they don't want to face the certain suffering and pain that comes with caring for a handicapped individual. By aborting the child, they believe they are aborting the trouble.
Disadvantages Abortion promotes irresponsible behaviors by offering people opportunities to commit careless activities to get rid of their problems and fail to face the sure consequences of their actions. Abortion can lead to medical complications which may vary with the type of abortion carried out. A medical abortion has a lifelong of 21 days to come to a complete end and calls for several visits to ensure safety. Bleeding is also a complication associated with abortion. Some tissue remains may cause abdominal pains, cramps, and bleeding within the weeks of the procedure.
Psychological impairment is the other complication that results from abortion. Most of the abortions done around the world are extremely dangerous and harmful. They therefore result in women suffering psychologically. It goes to an extent of women defiling their spiritual beliefs by killing the unborn child. Many women dealing with the effects of abortion spend a great deal of emotional energy denying the death and denying that what they did was wrong. A woman uses denial to keep herself from coming face to face with the fact that her child was killed and she allowed it to happen.
Points of view Abortion is not an eraser to rub out a mistake or an inconvenience. It has more than one victim; women as well as their babies are victims of abortions. It is essential that a woman grieve for her baby and face her role in the baby's death; in fact, women who allow themselves to grieve and understand their need to grieve are not likely to experience post-abortion syndrome. But even more essential is that women who have had abortions accept that there really has been a death, that abortion is sin, and that the Lord Jesus Christ's death covered every wrong they have ever done.
No sin--not even abortion--is greater than the power of His blood, and He offers total forgiveness and cleansing to everyone who will come to Him in faith. God is the One who gives life, and only He has the right to take it away. Every person, born or unborn, is a precious soul made by God, in His image. Every life is a sacred trust from God we need to celebrate and protect. ‘An embryo is not a potential human, but a human with potential’ - The Roman Catholic Church
Suggestions and recommendations How to remain resolute and deal with the stress of rearing an unplanned or even unwanted child?
Avoid haste and make practical plans The bible wisely observes: The plans of the diligent one surely make for advantage, but everyone that is hasty surely heads for want. – Proverbs 21:5. Many people now a day’s faced difficult circumstances because of unintended pregnancy. Yet some of them refuse to get an abortion. They refused to get an abortion because they are ready but not planned to what a married life is all about. Seek help to people that could helped you locate some agencies that provide assistance to those who experience unplanned pregnancy. In many countries, there are such agencies that provide help for new mothers in need. The internet or local phone directories, which are usually available in most public libraries, can be used to locate these. Seeking help may take effort, but it is “the plans of the diligent one” that bring success.
Face the reality of Human life “As regards anyone wise,” says the Bible, “his eyes are in his head; but the stupid one is walking on in sheer darkness.” – Ecclesiastes 2:14 A truly wise man does not shun her eyes to reality and ‘walk in the dark’, so as to speak. She uses the ‘eyes in her head’, which in effect serve her intellectual powers. This enables her accurately to evaluate the consequences of her actions. Thus, in contrast with one who closes her eyes to the reality of what is taking place in her womb, the wise woman acts with heartfelt compassion to protect her living embryo.
What fear of people can do If pressured by others to have an abortion, those who may initially consider terminating their pregnancy are wise to reflect on the Bible proverb: “Being afraid of people can get you into trouble, but if you trust the Lord, you will be safe.” – Proverbs 29:25 We shouldn’t be afraid to stand for our rights and no one will take away our rights to gave birth on our own child. Even the doctor telling you that you need to undergo an abortion to save your life or your own parents forcing to abort your own child cannot prevent you to give life to your own child.
Friendship with God has power The Bible states: “The friendship of Jehovah Is with them that fear him. – Psalm 25:14. What influences the decision of many who refuse to have an abortion is their consideration of how their creator feels about the matter. Enjoying friendship with God, and doing what pleases him, is their paramount concern. Only god gives life and we are not authorized to cut off the life of an innocent child. Friendship with God, the Source of life, deepens our respect for the life in the womb. (Psalm 36:9) Moreover, God can provide “power beyond what is normal” to help a woman and her family cope with any unplanned pregnancy. (2 Corinthians 4:7).
No regrets Parents that refuse abortion are not plagued by feelings of guilt or an unresolved sense of sadness and loss. In time, they truly viewed “the fruitage of the belly” as a reward not a curse!” (Psalm 127:3). Why is acting in harmony with God’s view of life so beneficial? Because as the Source of Life, God sets out his laws and standards in the Bible “for [our] good,” or “for [our] own well-being.” – (Deuteronomy 10:13). Many who have come to understand God’s view of life have no regrets for their decision to preserve the life of the child they now treasure.
conclusion In conclusion, abortion as a legal option for women contradicts the government’s priorities to protect a human’s rights, it exposes women to the possibility of permanent physical and emotional damage and to being forced against their will and it degrades the moral values set down by the Christian founders of our western heritage.
Reasons women give for why they seek abortion are often far more complex than simply not intending to become pregnant; the decision to have an abortion is usually motivated by more than one factor. While improved contraceptive use can help reduce unintended pregnancy and abortion, some abortions will remain difficult to prevent, because of limits to women's ability to determine and control all circumstances of their lives.